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What is the Holy Grail of Wildland Firefighter Safety?

10 February 2019 Publsihed by https://wildfiretoday.com/ USA – It has been a while since we wrote in detail about what in 2013 we first called the Holy Grail of Wildland Firefighter Safety. It is a system that could track in real time the location of firefighters AND the fire, all displayed on one screen. This […]

Total fire ban, nationals park close as WA braces for dangerous bushfire conditions

10 February 2019 Published by https://www.smh.com.au/ AUSTRALIA – Two major WA national parks will remain closed on Sunday due to severe fire danger. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advised both Serpentine National Park and Avon Valley National Park in Perth’s northeast would close until the danger rating had lowered. Avon Valley was closed […]

Nelson bush fire: Blaze battle sucks water from low-flowing Wai-iti River

10 February 2019 Published by https://www.stuff.co.nz/ NEW ZELAND – The battle to contain Nelson’s forest fire is drawing water from the low-running Wai-iti River, an important supply source. Just after Brightwater, the Wai-iti joins the Wairoa to become the Waimea. Those rivers help recharge the aquifers from which water is drawn for intensive horticulture on the Waimea […]

Lessons learned after the entrapment on Mendocino Complex of Fires

09 February 2019 Published by https://wildfiretoday.com/ USA -A facilitated learning analysis (FLA) with dozens of valuable lessons learned was just released about an incident where six firefighters were entrapped on a wildfire and had to run to safety through unburned vegetation. The incident within an incident occurred August 19, 2018 on the Mendocino Complex of […]

Sweden’s ‘chaotic’ response to historic wildfires criticized

08 February 2019 Published by https://www.thelocal.se/ SWEDEN – A Swedish government report released this week said that the country’s response to last summer’s historic wildfires was plagued with mistakes. The report said that earlier action could have mitigated some of the damage from the fires that raged through the country as a result of a […]

PG&E Could Shut Off Power For Millions To Prevent Wildfires

07 February 2019 Published by https://www.npr.org/ USA – Pacific Gas & Electric could shut off power to more than 5 million customers when extreme weather conditions are ripe for wildfires to break out, the company said Wednesday. It’s an expansion of the company’s previous power shutoff program, which only let the company turn off power […]

Zimbabwe: Manicaland – Veld Fires Destroy 10 000 Ha Timber in Six Months

07 February 2019 Published by https://allafrica.com/ ZIMBABWE – Veld fires have reportedly destroyed 10 000 hectares of timber in a space of six months, starting July 2018 up to date. This was revealed in parliament by Mutare West legislator Teedzai Muchimwe recently. “… As from July 2018 to date, 10 000 hectares of timber have […]

Red Alert declared for Pinto due to forest fire inside the Ñuble National Reserve

07 February 2019 Published by https://www.biobiochile.cl/ English version of the news. Note: The text has been translated using Google translator. Original version below the English text. CHILE – The night of this Thursday, the National Office of Emergencies (Onemi) declared Red Alert for Pinto, Ñuble region. According to the information provided by the Regional Directorate […]

Administrative chaos in fire protection finds the conclusion of the Scientific Committee

07 January 2019 Published by http://www.kathimerini.gr/ English version of the news. Note: The text has been translated using Google translator. Original version below the English text and available as a PDF file by clicking HERE Greece / GFMC – Labels: unregulated land use, lack of institutional measures, inadequate or outdated equipment, inefficient organisation and coordination […]